18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.
Gay dads to become parents for the fourth time 4
5:26 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the first gay couple in the UK to become surrogate fathers, have revealed they are to become parents again.
Sacked gay referee fights to get his job back 11
4:06 PM — A 33-year-old Turkish football referee who was sacked for being gay has said he will take his fight to the European Court of Human Rights. Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, who is from Trazbon, in the Black Sea coast area of the country, was sacked as a referee after announcing last month on television that he was gay.
Straight teacher makes claim for homophobic abuse 12
1:45 PM — A straight teacher has told an employment tribunal that he suffered homophobic taunts from pupils who called him "perv", "gay", "poof", and "weirdo".
Exclusive: British Foreign Office reacts to gay Iraqi killings 6
12:32 PM — The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement on the killings of gay men in Iraq, following strong condemnation of the reports from the US State Department last week.
Second ambassador in a week under fire for Pride support 10
11:20 AM — The British ambassador to Bulgaria has been criticised for his support of gay Pride. The attacks on Steve Williams follow criticism of British ambassador to Poland Ric Todd last week, when he gave gay groups a translated guide to LGBT rights.
17th June 2009
Do you want to win thousands by appearing on the BBC’s new gameshow Pointless? 7
6:57 PM — Brighter Pictures is looking for lively PAIRS of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) contestants to audition for a chance to be on… A BRAND NEW, BBC GAME SHOW, POINTLESS!
Women ‘up to seven times less likely to report homophobic crime than men’ 11
5:01 PM — A Metropolitan Police survey has suggested that women are up to seven times less likely to report homophobic or transphobic crime than men.
16th June 2009
Stonewall launches guidance for employers on tension between gay and religious issues 15
4:51 PM — Stonewall has released new guidance for employers on how to deal with tensions arising between religion and sexual orientation in the workplace. The guide is designed to provide essential advice on how to avoid conflicts which can arise at work.
Gay radio station to hold Pride-themed live music night 2
3:54 PM — The gay youth radio station FYi RADiO will be presenting a Pride-themed live music night to introduce London Pride on Tuesday 30th June.
Radio documentary to revisit the riots that triggered the gay revolution 4
3:00 PM — Forty years ago, a blaze of gay protest broke out outside the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich, New York. A police raid on the bar erupted in to the three-night riot that is considered by many to have been the starting point of the gay liberation movement.
Gay man could face jail for helping ill partner die 25
2:18 PM — A north London man who helped his partner access assisted suicide in Switzerland could face a 14-year prison sentence.
Gay travel agent offers lesbian wedding and IVF holiday package 10
1:33 PM — Lesbian couples can now have a Spanish holiday package that includes a marriage ceremony and insemination treatment.
Gay actor Alan Cumming receives OBE in Queen’s birthday honours 6
12:32 PM — Scottish actor and gay rights campaigner Alan Cumming has received an OBE in the annual Queen's birthday honours list. Cumming, who now lives in New York, used his honour to highlight the "inaction" of the US government on gay rights.
Lindsay Lohan may be questioned over alleged £250,000 diamond theft 1
12:12 PM — Actress Lindsay Lohan is set to be questioned by police after £250,00 worth of diamond jewellery went missing during a fashion shoot.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno offends gay rights groups 47
11:30 AM — Bruno, the latest film creation from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has been met with complaints from gay rights groups.
15th June 2009
Housing associations ‘need to do more for LGBT residents’ 10
6:13 PM — Housing associations need to do far more for their LGBT residents, an industry expert has said. Bill Payne, the current chief executive of the Metropolitan housing association, has spoken out against the sub-standard service experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans residents.
Gay postman awarded £2,400 by Royal Mail 21
5:51 PM — Liam Black, a postman from Chatham, Kent, has won £2,400 in an employment tribunal brought against the Royal Mail for “shocking and offensive” comments made about him by his boss Warren Taylor.
Man pleads not guilty to murder and stabbing of gay couple
3:59 PM — A Bromley man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. David Kilcullen, 46, pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan at the Old Bailey
Two men jailed for attack on gay man in Reading squat 1
2:41 PM — Two men have been jailed for an attack on a gay squatter in Reading. Jonathan Wicks and Neil Warner, both 21, were sentenced last week for the attack on squatter Kieran Dulai on April 24th 2008.